Bartolo Mascarello:
From Freisa to Barolo in Magnum

Posted by Ian McFadden

The Mascarello estate makes some of the most soulful and compelling wines anywhere.

Today, we're happy to pay tribute to Mascarello with an offer that covers three vintages of their Barolo, including 2010 and 2013, and their Freisa, Dolcetto, and Barbera. 

Among Mascarello's signatures are purity, precision, and finesse.

The Freisa is the most distinctive of the lineup. Mascarello's version of this relative of Nebbiolo is sparkling (a common way to treat the grape in the past) and has been passed over Nebbiolo pomace in a fashion similar to Valpolicella ripasso. It's a fascinating and delicious wine. 

Their Dolcetto is one of our favorite examples of the grape. It's lifted and structured with dark fruits backed up by floral notes and spice. Mascarello's Barbera is also gorgeous, with beautiful savory notes that help set off the wine's complexity. 

The 2010 and 2013 Barolos stand as some of the greatest wines that this storied estate has produced. Mascarello's 2014 Barolo lays bare the pristine character and aromatic complexity of Mascarello's wines. On the 2014, Antonio Galloni writes: "Readers who enjoy classically built wines will adore the 2014." That captures how riveting the 2014 Barolo is very well. It will age beautifully in magnum. 

I'm very happy to be able to offer this long-standing benchmark for traditional Piedmont. Finding Mascarello has become very difficult in recent years. Being able to put together offers like this have become very rare. Don't miss this opportunity. 

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2017 Freisa 
Special Bottle Price: $44.95

2018 Dolcetto d'Alba 
Special Bottle Price: $39.95
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba is delicate, perfumed and very pretty, in other words classic Dolcetto, with lovely blue and purplish berry fruit, licorice and lavender notes. Lifted and precise, with lovely persistence, the 2018 is a winner. This is what Dolcetto used to be like, once upon a time."

2017 Barbera d'Alba 
Special Bottle Price: $55.95
Compare at $57
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "A gorgeous wine, Mascarello's 2017 Barbera d'Alba is soft, rich and pliant, yet retains its classic mid-weight feel and sense of structure. Cedar, tobacco, mint and sweet red cherry fruit are pushed forward. The 2017 is supple and forward, with tons of near and medium-term appeal."

2014 Barolo MAGNUM
Special Magnum Price: $529.95
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "Maria Teresa Mascarello's 2014 Barolo has put on a good bit of weight since I first tasted it, yet it remains nervous, tightly wound and compact - which is to say, very much in the style of the year. Time in the glass brings out a host of bright red cherry, pomegranate, mint, leather and orange peel nuances, but only with reluctance. The 2014 is a positively electric Barolo, but it likely won't be ready to charm anytime soon. Readers should plan on cellaring it for at least a handful of years. Sadly, production is down by 40%."

2013 Barolo 
Special Bottle Price: $369.95
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "Maria Teresa Mascarello's 2013 Barolo is a stunning, drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Vibrant, crystalline and exceptionally nuanced, the 2013 speaks to elegance above all else. There is an exotic quality to the aromatics that adds to the wine's total sense of seduction. As captivating as the 2013 is today, there is no shortage of underlying grip and structure. Dark cherry, plum, spice, menthol and licorice are some of the many notes that grace the palate. But the 2013 is a wine of completeness rather than elements. And the 2013 simply has it all. In 2013, Mascarello opted for short-ish fermentation with limited post-fermentation maceration because the skins were a bit fragile. The result is a delicate wine that shows just how finessed young Barolo can be.."

2010 Barolo  
Special Bottle Price: $449.95
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2010 Barolo is one of the most striking, hauntingly beautiful wines I have ever tasted here. Mysterious and slow to show its cards, the 2010 impresses for its inner perfume, sweetness and exceptional overall balance. Today the striking fruit and classic, austere elements of the vintage take turns in dominating the wine's balance. The 2010 was always magnificent in barrel. It is equally spectacular from bottle. Readers who can find the 2010 should not hesitate. Ideally I wouldn't dream of touching a bottle until age 15 or so, although I doubt I will personally have the discipline to follow my own advice!"

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